How to create a local user account in Windows 10?

In this article, we will tell you how to create a local user account in Windows 10. We will explore four simple and straightforward methods here. These methods can also help you add a Microsoft account to Windows 10 with a few changes. When you create an account, you will have to choose whether you want a local account or a Microsoft account in the creation process. So, these methods are equally applicable to both of them. First, let’s know the key difference between a local account and a Microsoft account.

Difference between a local account and a Microsoft account

A Microsoft account is an online account that allows you to sign in to Microsoft services, such as, Skype, OneDrive, and Xbox Live. It is also used to sign in to Windows 10 and access various features, such as syncing settings across devices, downloading apps from the Microsoft Store, and accessing online storage.

A local account, on the other hand, is an account that is tied to a specific device and is not connected to any online services. This type of account is typically used by multiple users on the same device and does not provide access to online features like syncing settings or downloading apps from the Microsoft Store.

The main difference between a Microsoft account and a local account is that a Microsoft account offers more functionality and access to online services, while a local account is more limited in its capabilities and is only used for local device access. Choosing which type of account to use ultimately depends on your personal preferences and the specific needs of your device.

Method 1: Using Windows 10 Settings

Follow these steps to create a local user using Windows 10 settings.

  • Press Windows + I to access settings.
  • Select “Account” from the settings.
  • Now click on family and other users.
  • Tap on the + sign before “Add someone else to this PC”.
  • Windows will ask you to enter the email of the person in order to create a Microsoft account, but you will choose “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information”.
  • In the next screen, select “Add a user without a Microsoft account”.
  • Fill out the form with the information of the user like name, password, etc. As soon as you enter a password, you will also be asked to provide three security questions.
  • Fill out this form and click on “Next”.
  • The new user is successfully added and you can see it in the family and other users section

All the above steps are shown in the picture below.

Add local user account in Windows 10 using PC Settings

Method 2: Using Local Users and Groups to create a local user account in Windows 10

Follow the following steps to add a local user in Windows 10 using the Local Users and Groups option.

  • Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box.
  • Type “lusrmgr.msc” into the box and press Enter. This will open the Local Users and Groups Manager.
  • In the left pane, select “Users”.
  • Right-click on an empty space in the right pane and select “New User”.
  • Enter the required information for the new user, such as their username, full name, and password.
  • Click “Create” to create a new user account.

See the following picture for more clarity on the above steps.

Local Users and Groups

Method 3: Adding new user account using Command Prompt

Another method to add a user in Windows is by using the Command Prompt. Here are the steps:

  • Press the Windows key + X on your keyboard and select “Command Prompt (Admin)”.
  • In the Command Prompt window, type “net user [username] [password] /add” and press Enter.
  • Replace “[username]” with the desired username for the new user, and “[password]” with the desired password for the new user. For example, if you wanted to add a user named “John” with the password “password123”, the command would be:

                          net user John password123 /add

  • Press Enter and the new user should now be added to your Windows system.

Method 4: Add a new user in Windows using the Netplwiz utility

This is yet another simple method for creating a local user account in Windows 10. Follow the following steps to add a local account using this method.

  • Type Windows + R to open the Run prompt.
  • Type “netplwiz” in the Run prompt and hit enter.
  • Click on the “Add” button under user accounts.
  • Select “sign in without a Microsoft account (not recommended). Don’t worry, it’s not that much not recommended.
  • Tap on “Local Account” on the next screen.
  • Fill the form with the user information like username, password, password hint, etc, and click on next.
  • Click on “Finish” and the user is added successfully.

Look at the following screenshots to better understand the whole process.

Create a new user account in Windows 10 using netplwiz


This was all about how to create a local user account in Microsoft Windows 10. All the steps are very simply written along with the screenshots given at the end. We hope you have completely grasped the concept. In case you have any questions, please feel comfortable asking them in the comment section. One of our experts will be back to you as soon as possible.

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